George Lutalo is the head coach for the national team of tall women, crested cranes. Last week, she became the first coach to win the Cecafa Senior Women’s Championship for Crested cranes since its inception.
Earlier this year in January, she helped the team reach the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, called AWCON, after 22 years.
Margret Namukasa and Amos Musisi Sserunkuuma were born in 1976. Lutalo grew up with his grandmother, Rose Nanyunja kazigo, who passed away when her mother left them in search of money. No one introduced him to football but he found himself playing football in the streets of Masajja, Busaabala street, a town on the Entebbe-Kampala road. When he entered Nakivubo High School, his dream of playing football was very close because he could easily escape to go to Nakivubo and Lugogo and watch the legends of that time. These are the stories of KCCA Philip Omondi, John Latigo, Issa Ssekatawa his motivator when he started playing football.
Sometimes he called himself by the names of those players and could imitate what they had done. He would get up in the morning and decide to play like Ssekatawa and that day he would be either a competitor or a defender if he decided to be like John Latigo.
The sewer pipes around Nakivubo Stadium became the Lutalo route he used to access. At the time, Lutalo was a third grader but did not have time to play football at school, so escape was the only way he could use it.
He would then practice the skills he had acquired from Nakivubo and Lugogo on his return to Masajja in the ‘Kataka’ community. Even though the whole circle was gone, Lutalo remained close to that land.
Normally, classes end at 1pm or 4pm but Lutalo classes end at 10am and can end the rest of the time in Nakivubo or Lugogo. Her love of the sport kept her from school every day.
To him, lessons aren’t as important as football as much of his 32-page book is always done as a goal with a clay brick laid on top. Sometimes the bullet hit him and the sides were torn. At the end of the games, the book was 10 pages long. It is clear that the cover is gone.
His actions received many punishments but he did not give up because he was always ready and accustomed to punishments. It wasn’t until his fourth grade, a class he repeated twice, that he decided to give his lessons.
Success and leadership
After finishing elementary school, Lutalo attended St. Louis High School. Joseph, Kyankwazi (a relative of the late Cardinal Emmanuel Kiwanuka Nsubuga) before his entry into Nsambya. The football was still in his blood and he was soon signed to the school football team.
From here, Fufa’s first president, John Baptist Ssemanobe, saw him at a friendly game with staff from the Kyankwazi Leadership Institute and took him to Nsambya. For Lutalo, this was a huge success as he approached Uganda’s topflight, the Super League, and was named captain. Soon, the late Denis Obua, a Ugandan Cranes man, coach and later president of Fufa, realized his talent and hired him as a police officer even though Nsambya had been released on bail. district meeting. Lutalo started playing competitive football with the Police.
Even as a youngster, Lutalo has always shown leadership skills on and off the pitch and in all the teams he has played for, he has always been the captain. Obua called him a living captain while he was with the police.
Football and handball
When he joined the Makai group, Lutalo was a student at St. Louis. Balikuddembe is seeking a certificate in carpentry. Lutalo played football and handball at St. Louis. Balikuddembe. This continued until he retired from football in 2004. Balancing the two did not give him a headache. In handball, he flew into the air, a skill he used to defend the police at his height. At the very least, Lutalo can run as many times as he can on the handball field. Such training helped his health every time he could run on the football field. The police gave him a license to play for their handball club but he refused because of his many responsibilities as the team’s captain.
Retirement and the teaching profession
Lutalo’s career was short and he was called by Makai coach Paul Hasule to his technology team, something he did not like at first.
In 2004, Lutalo called for time in his playing career to become a coach at the Police under Hasule, a decision he said was very difficult to take. Hasule told the driver that Lutalo would stop playing football and join his tech team because he was getting old. She became a very helpful mentor.
Lutalo’s journey with Hasule was shortened when the latter died a year after Lutalo took over as an assistant tutor. Today, the only regret that lingers in Lutalo’s mind is the inability of his educated father, Hasule, to see his role. In that short time, she learned many things as a basis for her teaching profession.
After Hasule’s death, Lutalo worked with Asuman Lubowa and in 2005, they led the team to his only lion name before he left the team to join Bunnamwaya, the Vipers SC. right away. When he and Charles Ayeko joined the team, he struggled with relegation after showing poor performance in the first round of the season. They went to help the group prevent deportation.
After his departure from Bunnamwaya, Lutalo did not sit in a group to change teams nearly every year. In 2007, he joined Edgars Soccer Academy and worked there for seven years as head coach until 2014. Lira’s Boroboro Tigers, then playing in the top inn5hr tier, went from the same time. While studying nomads, he also studied at Masaka LC, Sadolin, St. Juliana High School and water.
Some of the most famous players he coached were current URA captain Shafiq Kagimu and Patrick Mbowa. They went from district to state.
In 2016, Lutalo was named head coach for Gomba before the Masaza tournament. By the time of his arrival the protagonist Masaza had gone about four years with no end in sight. He led them to the final finish and finished the lead, defeating Buddu on penalties.
Soana, now Tooro United, came to call Nakaseke International School. He led the school to put on the primary school certificate for the first time and take them to the East Africa Secondary School high school games.
Lutalo, like many coaches, believes in patience and confidence in order to build an awesome team that can compete over the years. However, he saw the lack of trust and patience among the company’s executives as the biggest challenge to his career going back to 2004. Many executives demanded results. from him but they did not want to involve themselves in the rebuilding process that saw him move from company to company. the time.
Lutalo always felt that his performances were not well -evaluated, which rewarded him with good players. While he was looking for them, the players didn’t take long with him to develop.
After watching each match, Lutalo returned to the Startimes Uganda Premier League as an assistant coach to Sam Simbwa until 2021 when he received a phone call from fufa to take over. in the senior position of Crested Cranes to replace Faridah Bulega.
Lutalo found turning women’s football into a very difficult one but he felt good about serving the girls. Understanding, trusting, working hard and looking after each girl’s problems are some of the main things that have helped her now to get positive results from them.
A new face in women’s football, Lutalo’s first event was the Cosafa Championship in South Africa.
Although he never came out of the group stage, the Championship gave him a clear picture of where to start.
In one year as head coach, Lutalo achieved the African Women’s Cup of Nations slot for the team they last represented in 2000, 22 years ago in Africa. Left.
At the last meeting in Njeru, he said in his mind, “old”. Since her inception, Lutalo has said the Cecafa Senior Women’s Championship has been her biggest win.
Uganda enjoyed a very good publicity with the score of 15 goals, and only one. According to Lutalo, Cecafa has prepared him well now because he knows where his strengths and weaknesses lie. For many Cecafa’s teams are considered small but for her it has been a big challenge to prepare for the upcoming Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.
With Cecafa’s work in progress, the next goal now is to create a new spectacular event in Morocco as he looks to finish among the top four teams to secure the World Cup slot. . However, with a lot of hard work and involvement in his camp, he believed it was something they could achieve.
Despite that accomplishment, Lutalo believes there is a long way to go for Crested Cranes to find a team that can compete for a good time. To him, patience, confidence and hard work are the only way the Crested Cranes will fly in the years to come.
Name: George William Lutalo
Parents: Margret Namukasa & deputy Amos Musisi Sserunkuuma.
Place of birth: Bulemeezi
Operation: Crested cranes coach
Schools Attended: Nakivubo Primary School, St. Balikuddembe Mitala Maria, St. Joseph’s kyankwazi
Results: Uganda Super League title in 2005 with Police fc, Cecafa title with crested cranes in 2022. Helped Crested cranes bounce back to Awcon